Research report 2012 - Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology
Insights into the molecular machinery that degrades mRNA
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SummaryEach cell contains thousands of different proteins, and each of these proteins fulfills a specific task. To ensure that the exact amount of individual proteins is produced at the right time, the cell tightly regulates the expression of genes. During this process, messenger RNA (mRNA) molecules transfer the genetic information to the cellular location of protein production. The group studies the molecular machinery that degrades these mRNA molecules - which provides the cell with an efficient means to terminate the production of proteins that are no longer required.